Sunday, 6 June 2021

118 - Bill Gullickson


Front: Pitching.

Back: Standing.

Better side: Front. Even if the photo makes it seem feasible that Gullickson threw side-arm.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Expo.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 13 (and a 6 point bullet list with the athletic accomplishments of his children)

Wiki-facts: "When he was in Japan, it was considered a miracle that Gullickson, a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus, played a professional sport. Since 1998, the Japan Diabetes Mellitus Society (JADMC) has awarded the "Gullickson Award" for the patient who is deemed a superior influence on society."

Google it: Enjoy highlights from his 18 strike-out game.  

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Went 4-5 with a 5.93 ERA. Forced to retire after this season due to injury.

Birthday boy: February 20, 1959. The only person in the *-reference world with that birthday other than Bill is former Saints back-up QB Greg Knaflec. Race car driver Scott Brayton was also born that date. 1 year later, Joel "MST3K" Hodgson was born.

Next up: Ricky Gutierrez.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

117 - Ken Griffey Jr.

My first rerun in this, as he appeared on a promotional card I posted back in 2016.

Front: Just an epic looking picture for the time. Now looks like a base card in a set like a base card you'd see in a set like Inception.

Back: Awkwardness on the base paths.

Better side: Front. Easily.

(cut/paste from Promo card #50, I don't really feel like counting wiki paragraphs again)

Ties to my personal collections: Nothing direct.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 58

Wiki-facts: "Griffey was named an American Public Diplomacy Envoy by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 18, 2008."

Google it: Attempted suicide in 1988. Wow.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Batted .323, with his 40 HR leading the AL.

Birthday boy: November 21, 1969. No other MLBers were born that date. In fact, nobody at any of the reference sites was born that day. Even on wikipedia's November 21st entry, nobody else is listed that date. Strangely appropriate for a player of Griffey's abilities.

Next up: Bill Gullickson

Monday, 1 March 2021

116 - Willie Greene

116 - Willie Greene 

Front photo: A close up at the plate.

Back photo: A casual infield play.

Better photo?: Horizontalness is a tie-breaker for the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for the Jays and spent some minor league time with the Expos. Got a Bowman card with the Expos, and a few 1999 cards with Toronto.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 3

Wiki-facts: "Georgia's Gatorade Player of The Year in baseball"

Google it: There's a singer named 'Willie Greene' who sings with the Temptations.

How was his strike shortened 1994? Only 37 AB, with 3 RBI and a .216 BA,

Birthday boy: September 23, 1971. There's a couple former NBAers born that date, Eric Montross and Cuonzo Martin. This is a strange birthdate in terms of * matches, as there are those two NBAers, but no NFLers or NHLers. Another 9/23/71 baby was Sean Spicer, the former White House Press Secretary.

Up Next: 117 - Ken Griffey Jr.